Blackberries could prevent and treat gum disease

According to new research published in the Journal of Periodontal Research, the antibacterial properties of blackberry extract could help to prevent or aid in the treatment of gum disease, which, if left untreated, may result in tooth loss.


Natural extract from black-berries have previously been linked with blocking the spread of cancel cells, and showed the greatest total antioxidant capacity when measure against blueberry, raspberry, red currant, and both cultivated and wild strawberries.


Blackberries join a growing list of foods that could help prevent oral health problems. Strawberries and green vegetables have been linked to reducing the chance of developing oral cancer, while other studies have discovered fish and oil can fight gum disease.


Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, thinks the research highlights the importance of indulging in a healthy, balanced diet.


Dr Carter says: "Having a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh produce to provide anti-oxidants is something we should all be striving to achieve. It can help to prevent a number of oral health problems inculding dum disease and oral cancer, not to mention potential heart problems too.


"Although the study is promising, it is important to remember that any use of blackberries in preventing gum disease should be as well as maintaining a good oral hygiene routine. Prevention is a really important word when it comes to oral health and it is fairly easy to keep on top of. It does not take too much time or a lot of money, yet it is surprising how many people actually forego basic oral hygiene principles, including brushing for two minutes twice a day."

Article source - Dental Tribune